Wednesday, September 29, 2010

**Nostalgia - A Walk Down 'Remember When'...**

Nostalgia... I recently saw this defined as a sentimental recollection. A bag of mixed feelings when thinking about the past. I have been experiencing this lately! Why, you may ask??? :) Well, I am coming up on another birthday! I'm feeling pretty good about it! 45 years! Really, I'm feeling good about it! Light the candles and pull out the goofy party hats! When I was growing up, birthdays were celebrated in a BIG way and we were made to feel pretty special on those days! We ALWAYS had cake and we ALWAYS had fun! This was a TOP priority for my mom! She planned the best activities with my friends and family! And my grandpa always helped bake the cakes - even his own!! These days my birthdays are celebrated a little differently, but I still love them! Especially since it comes during my favorite time of the year - Autumn! Ahhh, you can smell it in the air!

So, a few things I have come across on my walk down 'remember when' lane... I am having the best time becoming reacquainted with friends from my high school years on FB - some of my 'BFF's from those days! I am having a great time watching reruns of some of the hysterical sitcoms I grew up with, you know the ones I'm talking about - those funny ones that were on for the sole purpose of making you laugh at life! I mean those long, down to the belly laughs! Recently we even attended a reunion concert of one of the 'big hair' bands from the 80s! (Gee, not much big hair now, in fact, not much hair at all!) Oh, what fun! And did you know that "The Sound of Music" turns 45 this year, too!!

This all brings me to a recent trip I took to a second hand store. I came across a real humdinger (this word makes me giggle!) the other day! (Side note here! I just LOVE jewelry - always have! Whether it's LOUD and 'in your face' or soft and subtle, I love it all! Of course, not that I can WEAR it all!!!) Well, I found a bag of Avon pins from the 70s and 80s (shown above)! They were the adorable little animals with the heads that flip open to expose those wonderful fragrances! Those scents which were saved for special occasions only!! Do any of you remember these? I used to have some of them, but, unfortunately, they were lost somewhere along the way... Until, YES, HERE THEY ARE! They were in a sandwich bag that was marked down half price!!! Imagine my joy when I opened the bag in the car! Flip open the heads and ... YES, ANOTHER SURPRISE!! Those 'wonderful' fragrances were still inside! I guess the previous owner was saving up for a special occasion that didn't take place! Ahhh, my bliss!

Have any of you been experiencing nostalgia lately? I sure would like to hear your story! Enjoy your walk!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thank You to the Women on My Journey...

I was going through an old journal of mine today and came across a poem by Rev. Melissa M. Bowers, which was given to me by a girlfriend out on the East Coast. The title of that poem is, "Praise to the Women on My Journey," for those of you who want to read it in its entirety. This made me think about all of you who drop by my blog to say 'hi.' Whether you do it silently, or if you are one of those who brightens my day with a comment or 2 along the way. Thank you so much for spending a part of your day with me, I want you to know that I do appreciate each one of you!

I am giving each one of you a flower and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! May your ideas bloom and may you find a kind word and a warm smile along your way! Happy Friday to you!!! And thank you for being part of my journey...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Road - Bumpy and Slow - To Rekindle Me

Have you ever had a day that hits you like a freight train going at top speed? This happened to me recently. Out of sorts all day, didn't know why, and then a quick doodle came to me. Didn't think about it, just scribbled it out. You will see it here and I have been thinking about it a lot since then. Oh, by the way, I actually published this a few days ago, then deleted it. After all, I didn't want my blogger friends to think I had deep rooted issues!!! ;o) Please read on if you want - or don't. I just decided to put this out there for me, then it would be done. I wouldn't have to keep it inside anymore and it can leave me alone!
A few years ago, when I came up with the name for my new website - Rekindle Me - little did I know that this simple 2 words would mean more to me than simply loving my new found interest of turning trash into treasured, 'artsy' pieces.
This was also going to mark a huge turn in my life, something that needed to come about, whether I liked it or not. Up until this point, I guess I was living in a fairy tale, but I soon discovered that not everything was as it seemed around me... Enter those awful demons that can come about at the time when you least expect them and sideswipe you in the middle of your life!!! My simple way of looking at things was about to get ugly - real ugly! I found that some things that I believed in, that I trusted in, were gone. Perhaps never existed in the first place. This was quite a shock to me, but life goes on and you learn more about yourself as you go. I'm not sure, yet, that I understand everything that went on, and I may never know! But that will be OK.
I did meet helpful people on this new journey to healing and new situations arose. I personally believe that these things were put in place to help me learn more about me! I believe the universe keeps throwing things your way until you figure out what it means. Some things are still, and always will be, a work in progress. And this is OK, too. As the saying goes, 'Slow and steady will win the race.' Maybe that's not just a cute saying with a picture of an adorable turtle beside that 'run as fast as you can' hare. Maybe, just maybe, the person who first said this really did discover something so true. Their own pathway to 'rekindle me'???
Slowly, I am beginning to trust again, but I am cautious! I am beginning to forgive and forget (OK, I'm still working on that one). And I'm trying to carry on with what I need to do next. Hang on, Sharon, it's going to get a little bumpy along the way, but I'll hit clear skies again. As for now, I'm just trying to figure it all out. So far, so good...
Now, on a lighter note, I think I'll go shopping this weekend for a new color lipstick. I need a color that goes well with a 'rekindled' lifestyle. What color do you think that would be??? Berry, orange, red?
I'll let you know...

Monday, September 13, 2010

+++Rainbows are Everywhere!!+++

A discovery came to me as I was sitting in my studio this morning, working on my latest project - I am surrounded by rainbows!! I LOVE colors - bright colors - delicious colors! And they are everywhere!!

Gee, it's no wonder why I feel happy and inspired every single time I am working at my desk! I feel at ease, relaxed and on top of the world! I guess this feeling is my pot of gold at the end of my rainbow!

Yes, my own rainbows are everywhere! Do you have your own?

Friday, September 10, 2010

**A Cup of Joe is All that is Needed.......

'In Seattle, you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.' Jeff Bezos - Now that's Strong coffee!!!

Good Morning! Ready to work on a project??? Need a 'cup of joe' to get you going? I came across this quote this morning and thought it was comical. Thought I would share it with you here!

I, myself, LOVE coffee, but don't think I could ever drink this much! ;) How about you? Happy Friday and hope your day is a creative one!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

_+***Planet Sark***+_

Hello, All! I hope you have been happy and busy in your studios - or atleast enjoying one of your favorite activities lately!

I just added a picture on my blog - one of me! I had never noticed, but other than my foot, along with my hubby's last week, I don't have a picture of myself on here! Hmmm- is that good or bad???? :)

Well, since Sark, aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, is one of my favorite writers, I decided to add this picture to my blog! The picture was taken recently at a book signing that she did here in the Valley - maybe you know her books? Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper, Eat Mangoes Naked, Succulent Wild Woman... to name a few! She was traveling to her appearances with the big purple crayon, which someone had given to her for inspiration! This was truly an evening of fun, craziness and encouragement and I met some of the most wonderful 'succulent' women! We even had the chance to help one of the younger women in the crowd paint her car that night! She was a student here in the city and she was involved with teaching art to children. She had a beat up VW which made the perfect canvas for our splashes of paint and silliness!

If you ever get the chance to see Sark, I highly recommend it! It will be an evening of enjoyment for all! And you might just laugh a little!